[Press Release] Teachers start the class with dance-protests in Manila and Tacloban -TDC

Teachers start the class with dance-protests in Manila and Tacloban

They will not disrupt the first day of classes on Monday, June 2, instead, the Teachers’ Dignity Coalition (TDC) said they are ready to be back to work despite the many issues and concerns of their sector. Thus, the group calls on its members and all the teachers to stage a symbolic dance-protest tomorrow, June 1, a day before classes resume.


“The schools will open once again and teachers, again will be on the front lines to ensure that education service will be delivered to our youth. If not for us teachers, there would be no education.” Said Benjo Basas, the group’s national chairperson.

The group will stage two organized dance exercises, one in Rajah Sulayman Park in Malate, Manila and another in Tacloban City Hall grounds in Tacloban City, Leyte
“This event is particularly important and symbolic in Tacloban City. After what the schools in Visayas have experienced last year, here they are again, welcoming our learners.” Basas added.

Tacloban, according to Basas has become “the symbol not only of Yolanda tragedy, but more importantly, the strength and survival of the teachers in particular and the people in general.”
Cristy Diomaro of TDC Leyte said that this dance-exercise is a “proof that teachers are ready to go back to work and despite the hardships and sacrifices, we are willing to render our selfless service to the children who were the hardest hit by the devastation last year.”

Diomaro, a teacher of Sto. Nino SPED center in Tacloban City is a Yolanda survivor herself.

“Teachers here in Leyte were all affected by that horrific disaster, yet we managed to survive, not only for our families, but more importantly for schoolchildren and the rest of the community who depend upon us for their own survival.” Diomaro, who once represented the teacher-survivor in DepEd Central Office last year added.

In Manila, some 300 teachers will also join the Zumba Dance-Protest in Rajah Sulayman Park in Malate. Mercy Dumaging of TDC-Malabon said “We do this exercise to prepare our bodies, physically for the tasks on Monday and theentire school year 2014-2015. This is our commitment to our youth.”

Dumaging also challenged the government to as well be ready to grant their demand for P10, 000.00 salary increase.

“Despite low salaries, high prices of commodities and burdensome taxes, teachers are still here painstakingly and happily teaching and caring our youth, this country’s future. Thus, we belive that we just deserve the salary commensurate to our roles as teachers.” Dumaging continued.
Aside from the Zumba dance-exercise in Manila, TDC members from different parts of the national capital region will also read poems and performs Balagtasan, sing songs and act in a street theatre- all aimed at convincing president Aquino to initiate a salary increase proposal in Congress.

The group also staged a series of protest early this month dubbed as Protest De Mayo and vowed to continue their mass actions that are usually featuring art, culture and creativity up to October in celebration of World Teachers’ Day. #
For details of Tacloban event:
Teacher Cristina Diomaro, TDC Leyte, 0939-9198894
Teacher Benjo Basas, TDC National Chairperson, 0920-5740241

For details of Manila event:
Teacher Mercy Dumaging, TDC Malabon- 09393140941;
Teacher Jason Rivera, TDC Manila-09258325727;
Teacher Ferdinand Lagarde, TDC Caloocan- 09331162897.

Manila event call time is 6:30AM and the Zumba proper is at 7:00AM while in Tcaloban, teachers will start the Tae Bo session as early as 5:00AM, TDC members will stay up to 8:00AM in city hall grounds for a short program.

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